After graduating from Murdoch University in 1990 Simone undertook a PhD study of metabolic physiology and pulmonary anatomy in native birds. Pursuing her interest in conservation-based veterinary work, she worked as a volunteer and occasional locum veterinarian at Perth Zoo. Simone is now the Senior Veterinarian, coordinating and supervising all veterinary clinical work, teaching and research that takes place in Perth Zoo’s Veterinary Department.
A member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Simone is also Convenor for the Veterinarians’ Special Advisory Group to the Zoo Aquarium Association, the peak body representing zoos in Australasia.
Simone has a strong interest in developing the role of zoo veterinary staff in conservation medicine initiatives, and in promoting the value of veterinary involvement in conservation work. In recent years she has become increasingly interested in the ethical and welfare aspects of keeping animals in zoos.
Simone is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Murdoch University and is a key collaborative partner for the Conservation Medicine program run by the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Simone has an extended Italian family in Perth, and family is a big part of her life. She is a long-serving member of the Swanbourne-Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club and enjoys other outdoor hobbies including birdwatching and surfing (at a very amateurish level!).